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Chinese vase sells for world record-breaking 53.1 million at auction
The Telegraph ^ | Nov 11, 2010 | Murray Wardrop

Posted on 11/12/2010 11:32:42 AM PST by anglian

The 18th century Qianlong porcelain vase had been estimated to fetch between £800,000 and £1.2 million by Bainbridges, the provincial auction house handling the sale.

The 18th century Qianlong-dynasty porcelain vase is believed to have fetched the highest price for any Chinese artwork sold at auction However both the auctioneers and the owners were stunned when it went for the highest price of any Chinese artwork sold at auction.

The elaborately decorated piece was put up for sale by a brother and sister who found it while clearing out their parents’ home in Pinner, north-west London after they recently died.

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: antiques; auction; china; chinesevase; hiddentreasures; vase
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1 posted on 11/12/2010 11:32:48 AM PST by anglian
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To: anglian

That’s $85,000,000 in Obama dollars.


2 posted on 11/12/2010 11:34:38 AM PST by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: anglian

£53.1 million?

That’s not a vase, it’s a vahz!


3 posted on 11/12/2010 11:35:38 AM PST by null and void (We are now in day 661 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: anglian

large photo and more info here:-
http://www.artinfo.com/news/story/36340/a-chinese-fish-vase-found-in-an-attic-swims-to-an-85-million-world-record-in-london/


4 posted on 11/12/2010 11:36:52 AM PST by anglian
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To: anglian
I was curious.


5 posted on 11/12/2010 11:40:50 AM PST by TexasCajun
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To: anglian

The World is NUTZ!!


6 posted on 11/12/2010 11:49:41 AM PST by Anti-Bubba182
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To: TexasCajun; onyx

Extraordinary!


7 posted on 11/12/2010 11:50:05 AM PST by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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To: anglian

Who bought it? Al Gore?


8 posted on 11/12/2010 11:52:03 AM PST by IM2MAD
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To: TexasCajun

What good is it? It’s got holes all over it! Sheesh, you put some dirt and a plant in there and turn on the garden hose and what a mess... all over mom’s living room rug.


9 posted on 11/12/2010 11:52:34 AM PST by Hatteras
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To: anglian

From the article:

It was eventually sold to a Chinese man, said to be a Beijing-based agent, who sat on a gilded sofa at the front of the room but refused to comment after the sale.

The owners, who had no idea quite how much the vase was worth, were so shocked that they had to leave the room for a breath of fresh air.

Standing 16 inches tall and decorated with fish, the vase is thought to date from the time of Qianlong, the fourth emperor in the Qing dynasty, around 1740.

Experts said it probably once belonged to Chinese royalty but was most likely taken out of the country at the end of the Second Opium War in 1860 when the palaces were ransacked.

It is understood to have been in the vendors’ family since the 1930s.
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i.e. STOLEN FROM THE CHINESE - I hope the ‘cheque’ clears the bank!!!!


10 posted on 11/12/2010 11:52:34 AM PST by sodpoodle (Despair; man's surrender. Laughter; God 's redemption.)
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To: TexasCajun

It’s cute ... I only wish it was mine to SELL!

I could easily part with it.


11 posted on 11/12/2010 11:56:54 AM PST by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: anglian

Someone should have told the buyer that flower pots at Home Depot go for $5.99


12 posted on 11/12/2010 11:59:56 AM PST by Jack Hammer
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To: sodpoodle

Rather interesting timing, given yesterday’s flap about David Cameron wearing a poppy in his lapel as a symbol of Remembrance Day, and the Chinese leaders being offended by something that reminds them of their loss to Britain in the Opium Wars.


13 posted on 11/12/2010 12:01:53 PM PST by ClearCase_guy
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To: null and void

Well ...

“The hammer fell at 43 million but the total price, including commission and VAT on the commission, was £53,105,000. “

The extra ~ £10 million was for the commission and VAT.

I hope we don’t get the VAT here.


14 posted on 11/12/2010 12:02:09 PM PST by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: anglian

It is lovely. It’s in remarkable shape (even if this is just it’s good side). The color has remained vivid. I’m sure it’s worth it to the gentleman who bought it and it has certainly left a warm, fuzzy glow for their memories of Mum and Dad.


15 posted on 11/12/2010 12:03:13 PM PST by Constitutions Grandchild
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To: TexasCajun

Yep, worth $85 Mil for sure. Yep. Yep,yep,yep.


16 posted on 11/12/2010 12:06:05 PM PST by Lockbar (March toward the sound of the guns.)
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To: Jack Hammer
Someone should have told the buyer that flower pots at Home Depot go for $5.99

Yeah, and they're Chinese too!!!!!
17 posted on 11/12/2010 12:19:16 PM PST by BikerJoe
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To: Lockbar
Yep, worth $85 Mil for sure. Yep. Yep,yep,yep.

Maybe not to you, but it sure was to the person that bought it. Wasteful or not, we have to remember that "The price of a thing is what that thing will bring."
18 posted on 11/12/2010 12:21:46 PM PST by BikerJoe
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To: TexasCajun
That is not just a fine piece of art. The skill and technology required to successfully fire such a large double-walled vessel -- with that flimsy and delicate latticework outer shell -- is enormous. And they managed to keep the colors brilliant and durable.

And they did it about the time the Pilgrims arrived on our shores!

19 posted on 11/12/2010 12:36:49 PM PST by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...)
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To: anglian

I heard about this in-freakin-credible story on the top-of-the-hour
ABC radio news today.

It’s amazing that some of the inheritors didn’t have a heart attack...
I suspect I would have.


20 posted on 11/12/2010 12:41:58 PM PST by VOA
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